The Quest: History and Meaning in Religion

In The Quest Mircea Eliade stresses the cultural functionality learn of the heritage of religions can play in a secularized society. He writes for the clever basic reader within the wish that what he calls a brand new humanism "will be engendered through a war of words of contemporary Western guy with unknown or much less common worlds of meaning."

"Each of those essays comprises insights with the intention to be fruitful and difficult for pro scholars of faith, yet while all of them continue the type of cultural relevance and readability of favor which makes them obtainable to someone heavily concerned about guy and his spiritual possibilities."—Joseph M. Kitagawa, Religious Education

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The essays introduced jointly during this e-book haven't been written essentially for the "specialist," yet quite for the honnete homme and the clever reader. therefore, i didn't hesitate to cite examples which are identified, or a minimum of available, to the historian of religions, the anthropologist, and the orientalist, yet that are most likely neglected by way of the nonspecialist reader. i'm hoping, although, that what might be known as a "new humanism" may be engendered through PREFACE a war of words of contemporary Western guy with unknown or much less general worlds of which means. those essays, in addition to my past guides, are meant to emphasize the cultural functionality which the historical past of religions may perhaps play in a desacralized society and likewise to boost a scientific hermeneutics of the sacred and its old manifestations. many of the essays during this publication have already seemed in numerous courses, yet i've got corrected and enlarged them. i'm chuffed to thank 3 of my former scholars, Mr. Harry Partin, who translated a primary draft of bankruptcy three from the French manuscript, Mr. Alfred Hiltebeitel, who corrected and stylistically stronger chapters five, 7, and eight, and Norman Girardot, who ready the index. MmCEAEuADE C()rttents Preface 1. a brand new Humanism 1 2. The historical past of Religions on reflection: 1912 and After 12 three. the search for the "Origins" of faith 37 four. hindrance and Renewal fifty four five. Cosmogonic delusion and "Sacred heritage" seventy two 6. Paradise and Utopia: legendary Geography and Eschatology 88 7. Initiation and the Modem global 112 eight. Prolegomenon to non secular Dualism: Dyads and Polarities 127 Index 177 1 a brand new Humanism regardless of the manuals, periodicals, and bibliographies this present day on hand to students, it's an increasing number of tricky to maintain with the advances being made in all parts of the historical past of religions. 1 as a result it's an increasing number of tricky to turn into a historian of religions. A student regretfully reveals himself changing into a consultant in a single faith or maybe in a specific interval or a unmarried point of that faith. this example has precipitated us to carry out a brand new periodical. Our goal isn't really just to make yet another assessment on hand to students (though the shortcoming of a periodical of this nature within the usa will be cause sufficient for our enterprise) yet extra specially to supply an relief to orientation in a box that's consistently widening and to stimulate exchanges of perspectives between experts who, in general, don't persist with the development made in different disciplines. Such an orientation and trade of perspectives will, we are hoping, be made attainable through summaries of the newest advances completed relating convinced key difficulties within the background of religions, by way of methodological discussions, and through makes an attempt to enhance the hermeneutics of non secular info. This bankruptcy is a revised and increased model of an editorial initially entitled "History of Religions and a brand new Humanism," which used to be first released in poor health historical past of Religions, 1 (1g61); 1-8. (© 1961 by way of The college of Chicago. ) 1. given that Religlonswissenschaft isn't simply translatable into English, we're obliged to take advantage of "history of religions" within the broadest feel of the time period, together with not just background thoroughly talking but in addition the comparative examine of religions and spiritual morphology and phenomenology.

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